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The Loner (The Loner #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  286 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Most people have no idea that successful young businessman Conrad Browning is the son of legendary gunfighter Frank Morgan. And that's one secret he plans to keep--until his beautiful wife, Rebel, was kidnapped by a group of deadly bandits.

Like Father--Deadly
Like Son--Deadlier

When Conrad Browning's wife disappears in the untamed frontier, Conrad finds himself assuming the
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2009)
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Brody Anderson
May 11, 2013 Brody Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story for anyone to read. Although fictional, it gives you the feeling of what any person would want to do if/when a loved one is taken wrongfully from them. The author does a great job in describing just how horrible some of the villains are in this story. Not only do you pull for the hero to get vengeance for his lost love, you also want them brought to justice for the horrific crimes they commit on the trail. Easy to read and easy to pick up and enjoy from page 1 on.
First book in the series. Man's wife is killed in a hostage situation, purposely. Guy takes up being a gunslinger like his father was and hunts them down. Fast paced little western, took me about an hour and a half to get through it.

I've read book by the author's uncle, William Johnstone, and thoroughly enjoyed his westerns and non-westerns as well, so was pleased that the nephew is an enjoyable as the uncle.
Mar 01, 2015 Chompa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, western
My favorite book of all time is Lonesome Dove, but I rarely read westerns. Western series tend to be very pulpy, which in and of itself is not bad, but when I hold a pulp up against Lonesome Dove it doesn't even compare.

J.A. Johnstone is the nephew of William Johnstone who wrote quite a few books in his life and an author I've enjoyed. J.A. is a decent enough writer and the story is okay. We've got a guy who is the son of a famous gunslinger, Frank Morgan. This guy is a business man raised out
May 10, 2009 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the new series about Conrad Browning, son of Frank Morgan, The Drifter, whose beloved wife, Rebel, is kidnapped for a ransom, then when Browning comes to pay she is brutally murdered. After recovering from gunshot wounds, he takes up the trail of the gang and with the help of a new Indian friend hones his skills with a gun.
Dec 30, 2014 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the characters in this one

I think I shall be devouring this series. Johnstone nailed it again. I've not been crazy about all of them but I can hardly wait to start the next one in this series.
Oct 28, 2016 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
Too much dialogue.
Larry J.
I could count the westerns I'be read in my life on my fingers. Since I've reached the last part of my life, I thought I'd pick up a couple and give them a day in court. This is the second I've read and I hope there are better ones out there. This book is written quite well and the story moves along at a good pace. But all the familiar tropes of the movie Westerns seem to be on display here. The bad guys are very bad, vicious men, the good guys are respectable and have to be brought down to the k ...more
Barbara Lee Wood

As good cowboy old west stories go this isn't bad at all. Frank Morgan's son, Conrad Browning wife has been "KIDNAPPED"by a gang of rift raft, trashy back stabbing bushwackers. Lots of intrigue, a real who is the person behind this"KIDNAPPING", whose pulling the strings and why?? They murdered his wife, shot her as they threw her off the high cliff where she was found by Conrad, her husband. REVENGE, REVENGE is all Conrad can think about. This is a great adventure has a lot of shoot outs,
Conrad Browning's life is going great. He owns a very successful business and is very in love with his wonderful wife. Everything is perfect, or as perfect as it can be in a small town in the Nevada west. That is, until a group of rowdies are hired to kidnap his wife and hold her for a $50,000 ransom. Conrad will do anything to get her back safely, so he collects the funds and heads out into the desert to make the swap. That's when things go from bad to worse. His wife is murdered before his eye ...more
May 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, not very challenging read. A traditional western revenge fantasy, Johnstone hits all the points that make up a good gunslinger yarn without losing momentum or detouring too deeply into cliche.

Mostly it's a story about how Conrad Browning loses everything, then fights to avenge himself while making a new identity as a gunslinger. I didn't feel like I was missing anything from not being familiar with William Johnstone's Loner books, although the protagonist from that series is ment
Rob Smith
Mar 18, 2014 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Marking off another novel by the Johnstone clan. This one was lacking. there's a good story. Though the writing is OK, there is a feeling this book was taken a part a few times and reassembled. There are a few areas where the action drags on and others where it's written after the fact. Many of the chapter endings are contrived.

This is also one of the first of the nearly 20 Johnstone books I've read where the characters didn't grab me. This one does sport the J.A. Johnstone name. Maybe that's th
Larry O.Erichsen
Good storey. Enjoyed the plot. Assailed are always trying to hurt neutral

People. I don't have nineteen more words. You won't take no for an answer. So. Good bye , I enjoyed the book.
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Feb 25, 2013 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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